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Tony Snell Picked by Chicago Bulls: Scouting Report and Analysis

Feb 23, 2013; Fort Collins, CO, USA; New Mexico Lobos guard Tony Snell (21) controls the basketball during the second half against the Colorado State Rams at Moby Arena.The Lobos defeated the Rams 91-82. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports
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Daniel O'BrienFeatured ColumnistJune 28, 2013

With the No. 20 pick of the 2013 NBA draft, the Chicago Bulls selected Tony Snell from the University of New Mexico.

Here's everything you need to know about Snell:

Physical Tools

Bleacher Report NBA Draft Lead Writer Jonathan Wasserman breaks down Snell's physical attributes:

Snell has ideal physical measurements for a wing, which should allow him to play either the 2 or the 3 on both sides of the ball. At 6'7'', he has a massive 6'11.5'' wingspan to go with quick feet and fluid athleticism.

Snell needs to add a good 20 pounds to his 198-pound frame, especially if he'll be trying to convince teams he could be their version of Kawhi Leonard.

But in terms of size, length and athleticism, all the numbers and measurements check out.

 

Getting to Know Tony Snell

Snell is a soft-spoken guy, but he's displayed a more outwardly confident demeanor during the draft process because teams like the Sacramento Kings show a keen interest in him. 

 

NBA Player Comparison 

With an extremely high ceiling defensively and the ability to excel as an off-ball or on-ball scorer, Tony Snell could be a more guard-like translation of his high school teammate Kawhi Leonard. He also draws comparisons to All-Star small forward Luol Deng.

Snell's basement is Wes Johnson, who disappointed everyone after being drafted No. 4 in 2010.

 

Pro Predictions

After registering an impressive wingspan at the combine and showing he can play both swingman positions, Snell convinced us that he can have a significant role in the Association.

He won't have a colossal impact immediately, because he'll work mostly as a spot-up shooter and defender.

But don't sleep on him, because he has a great chance to score double digits and lock down shooting guards and small forwards by his second or third year, much like Kawhi Leonard.

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